Prescription for Kids: Fresh Air, Music and Stories


Each week, patients at Renown Children’s Hospital are treated to fresh air, music and stories at The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden, where children can feel the comfort and familiarity of laughter and play. All are welcome.

Child Life Specialists at Renown Children’s Hospital work with the Healing Arts and volunteer programs to host Music and Stories in the Garden for children in the hospital and their families  every Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. in The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden.

“As a mom, I know music makes my kids feel better,” says Healing Arts performer Melissa Taylor. “I enjoy the fact that I get to come here and play music for other kids and see their faces light up for a little bit and forget about what they have gone through earlier or that they weren’t feeling well.” 

Child Life Specialist Brittany Best says the doctors and nurses are very cooperative in helping to determine which children can leave their rooms for the music and stories.

“We want kids to play,” Best says. “That is the most important thing for them to be able to continue to play and this gives them a great opportunity.” 

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